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Thursday 20 January 2011

Prejudice against Muslims

I like Baroness Warsi; I think she speaks well on a wide range of subjects but I think she's barking up the wrong tree with the complaint that prejudice against Islam is now acceptable at dinner parties. Muslims are not alone. I imagine that at many dinner parties there is much prejudicial talk against many minorities including homosexuals, baldies and people from Liverpool. It is not new. If Baroness Warsi and family had spent any length of time in the country, her parents emigrated from Pakistan, they would know that along with the ability to laugh at themselves, including their religion, it's a National pastime to lampoon minorities.

However, that said, the threat to peace in the UK comes mainly from Al Qaeda, an Islamic Jihadist group. I am not aware that any threat is posed by Ennuits, Scandinavians or people from the South Pacific Islands so it is natural that the British population view Muslims as potential villains.
She insists that it right that people talk about religion but she must surely know that a Muslim cannot question the existence of Allah or the veracity of the words of the Qu'ran. It's not going to be much of  debate; is it?
In fact, I often wonder why a Muslim would want to leave his own country and move to a Christian country. Surely it can't be because life is better, more bountiful in a country blessed by a Christian God of Abraham rather than a country so poorly blessed by the Islamic God of Abraham.

I fear that matters will inevitably deteriorate as the number of Muslims increases and no progress is made to integrate the community and isolate and re-educate the troublemakers. There are now 2.9million in the UK, the numbers doubling in the last ten years. I believe that Islam can be a force for good, but the Imams must move now to defuse tensions and start by not making too much fuss over a few observations made at private dinner parties.

One more point whilst talking about the Baroness. In my view she should not be eligible to take a seat in the House of Lords on the grounds that her family have not resided in the country for long enough. I regret the passing of hereditary peers, but if we must let others in the Chamber, at least they should be from families that have lived in the country for more than two generations.

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